Tuesday 2nd September 2014

JANTA MANTA – JAIPUR OBSERVATORY

These amazing structures are architectural astronomical instruments located in Jaipur, India. Built between 1727 and 1734   the observatories, or “Jantar Mantars” as they are commonly known, incorporate multiple buildings of unique form, each with a specialized function for astronomical measurement. The site consists of fourteen major geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars’ location as the earth orbits around the sun, ascertaining the declinations of planets, and determining the celestial altitudes and related ephemerides. Built by the Maharaja , Jai Singh II they were intended to satisfy his growing understanding of astronomy and the mathematics behind it. They are still incredibly accurate with the Samrat Yantra (the largest sundial in the world) being accurate to within two seconds of Jaipur local time. They are also beautiful reminders of the pursuit for knowledge.

 

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